Batavia Downs experienced a record breaking season December 19, 2019

Batavia, NY — Although the final day of racing was canceled on Saturday (Dec. 14) due to bad weather conditions, the clubhouse that night was still sold out and the 400 or so patrons enjoyed Christmas music instead of race calls. But that was the norm at Batavia Downs in 2019; happy customers having fun at the races. Indicators for every aspect of the racing … Continue reading Batavia Downs experienced a record breaking season »

Batavia Downs cancels Saturday card December 15, 2019

Batavia, NY — The Saturday night (Dec. 14) live card of racing at Batavia Downs has been cancelled due to heavy snow and inclement weather. This ends the 2019 racing season in Western New York as this was the last day of the meet. Live harness racing will return to the oldest lighted harness track in America in July of 2020. Western Regional Off Track … Continue reading Batavia Downs cancels Saturday card »

Fox Valley Veto, Blue Bell Bonnie win Friday night features at Batavia Downs December 14, 2019

Batavia, NY —  Two top class races highlighted the second last race card at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Dec. 13) and both winners rewarded their backers with premium mutuels. In the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot, Fox Valley Veto was overlooked at 11-1 and pulled the upset with a strong closing effort. Saratoga invader Golden Kronos (John Cummings Jr.) flew to the lead and … Continue reading Fox Valley Veto, Blue Bell Bonnie win Friday night features at Batavia Downs »

Billy Davis Jr., James Clouser Jr. top Batavia horsemen December 13, 2019

Batavia, NY — The Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (UNY USHWA) has named the top driver and trainer of the 2019 meet at Batavia Downs and will present each with a trophy between races in the Purple Haze Winner’s Circle at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Dec. 14). The driver of the meet was Billy Davis Jr. Davis started … Continue reading Billy Davis Jr., James Clouser Jr. top Batavia horsemen »

UNY USHWA announce Batavia Downs horses of the meet December 12, 2019

Batavia, NY — With the final weekend of racing at hand, the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (UNY USHWA) has announced the horses of the meet for 2019. Pacer of the Meet-Back Is Black (Western Terror-Magic Moments) 1:52.1 ($242,850) Black Is Back started his year with a tag and ended up a top-class pacer. After being claimed for $20,000 … Continue reading UNY USHWA announce Batavia Downs horses of the meet »

$3,500 Guaranteed Pick-5 Friday at Batavia December 12, 2019

Batavia, NY — On Friday (Dec. 13) there is a carryover of $1,164 in the Pick-5 at Batavia Downs and a guaranteed pool of $3,500 has been announced for the Pick-5 wager that day. The pool is part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages are available courtesy of Trackmaster on the USTA’s website or by … Continue reading $3,500 Guaranteed Pick-5 Friday at Batavia »

Batavia Daily News, The Batavian named UNY USHWA President’s Award winners December 11, 2019

Batavia, NY — In an era where mainstream media habitually overlooks harness racing in their day to day publications, two news outlets in New York State routinely include harness racing news in their sports pages and continue to promote the sport despite their counterparts failure to do so. And the coverage given to the action at the track by the Batavia Daily News and The … Continue reading Batavia Daily News, The Batavian named UNY USHWA President’s Award winners »

James Caradori to receive Good Guy award from UNY USHWA December 10, 2019

Batavia, NY — James Carll Caradori has been in the harness racing business since 1968 and during his 51-years of participation has been very successful as an owner. However beyond that, he has always been an ambassador for the sport and his decades of dedication are the reason the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) are honoring him with … Continue reading James Caradori to receive Good Guy award from UNY USHWA »

Maryann Sarama-Luce to be honored by USHWA December 9, 2019

Batavia, NY — Maryann Sarama-Luce was a pioneer in harness racing in western New York as one of only a handful of female drivers who raced full time at Batavia Downs. And despite beating the odds more than just in a race, she not only met the challenges she faced in her role, she exceeded them and excelled in the sport for decades. As a … Continue reading Maryann Sarama-Luce to be honored by USHWA »

Down On My Luck cruises in Batavia Open December 8, 2019

Batavia, NY — After racing at Northfield Park the last two weeks, Down On My Luck returned to Batavia Downs and his winning ways as he captured the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace on Saturday night (Dec. 7). Cultural Paradise (Billy Davis Jr.) took the lead from the pegs with the field following him in post position order. After going to the half is a … Continue reading Down On My Luck cruises in Batavia Open »